Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Shelly, The Hyperactive Turtle; Deborah Moss; 1989; ages 3 to 9; fiction. Shelly learns why he cannot stay still and is helped by a "therapist" and a "little white pill." Nicely written, although some details are not completely accurate.

Curious George Makes Pancakes; Margaret and H.A. Rey; 1998; ages 3 to 6; fiction. A reminder that a free spirit, inquisitiveness, and even an occasional accident are a normal part of childhood.

Jumpin' Johnny, Get Back To Work: A Child's Guide to Hyperactivity; Michael Gordon; 1995; ages 6 to 10; fiction. Johnny is diagnosed as having ADHD and is helped with medication and behavior modification. A "feel good" story from a child's viewpoint.

Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention; Kathleen Nadeau and Ellen Dixen; 1995; ages 6 to 12; nonfiction. Offers a family-centered, "read this together" approach to understanding ADHD. Good tips for management; cartoons; checklists.

My Brother's a World Class Pain: A Sibling's Guide to ADHD; Michael Gordon; 1992; ages 8 to 14, fiction. Sensitive story shows how brothers and sisters can help their sibling who has ADHD.

Phoebe Flower's Adventures: That's What Kids are For; Barbara A. Roberts, 1998; ages 7 to 10, fiction. While there is no outright mention of ADHD, the problems Phoebe faces while starting 2nd grade and the positive effect of having supportive adults around her will resonate with families of children with ADHD.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key; Jack Gantos; 1998; ages 10 and older, fiction. This National Book Award Finalist offers readers an interesting view from the inside out of an extremely hyperactive child. In the end, they all will root for Joey. Part of a trilogy.

Birdie for Now; Jean Little; 2002; ages 8 to 11, fiction. Young readers are sure to empathize with the main character either because they can clearly identify with the hallmark traits and challenges of ADHD that he grapples with, or because they are given a much better understanding of how difficult it is for a child with ADHD to grow up teased and friendless.

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD; John F. Taylor; 2006; ages 10 and older, non-fiction. The underlying approach keeps with the belief that children diagnosed with ADHD can and should be actively involved in learning to deal with their deficits. He presents useful information at a level and in a format that teens will find effective.

Putting On the Brakes: A Young People's Guide to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern; 1992; ages 8 to 14; nonfiction. Nice explanation of medical, behavioral, and social aspects of ADHD. Information bite format; real photos; nice analogies.

I Would If I Could: A Teenagers' Guide to ADHD/Hyperactivity; Michael Gordon; 1993; teens; nonfiction. A practical, realistic book that gives suggestions for dealing with teachers and parents.

Life On The Edge: Parenting a Child With ADD/ADHD; David Spohn; 1998; adults; nonfiction. A small, lighthearted, but practical book.

Taking Charge of ADHD; Russell Barkley, 1995; adults; nonfiction. Tips for everyone connected with a child who has ADHD from a leading expert in the field. Dispels myths, offers new theories, and includes important management tools.

Teenagers With ADD: A Parent's Guide; Chris Zeigler Denoy; 1995, adults; nonfiction. Discusses strategies to help teenagers who have ADHD.

Adapted from: Ellen C. Perrin, MD Susan Starr, MEd Addressing Common Pediatric Concerns Through Children's Books. Pediatrics in Review. 2000;21:130-138. © 2000 American Academy of Pediatrics

Adapted from: Contemporary Pediatrics, Vol 24, No. 4.

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